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Demantoid from Madagascar. Demantoid garnet is the rarest form of garnet and most expensive. It is the most valued of all garnets. Stones with more intense green coloration are generally more highly valued, but lighter stones display substantially more fire in most cases. The Demantoid garnet is said to give vitality and to help prevent fears, insecurity, and feelings of loneliness.

These extra-terrestrial gemstones mirror the stellar beauty of the cosmos. Discovered in 2000 in Xinjiang Province, China.

Pilobilus Fungi: They shoot their little black tops off at 55 MPH!

RARE specimen of Native Gold with Pyrite crystals on Quartz from the Mother Lode of California.

"You may call me an agnostic... I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being." --Albert Einstein

The Moon: 29 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes, 12 seconds. In this magnificent photographic composition, one can appreciate the scene which becomes a lunar month as it travels through space.

The larval stage of the Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia), a giant silk moth, is a sight to behold. The yellow, blue and red knobs that adorn its 4″ pale green body are striking.

Gomphrena - loves heat and tolerates drought. Attracts butterflies.

Stars in Scorpius, from the Hubble Telescope..

Disarming Discovery. Photograph courtesy S.D. Biju. They aren't worms or even snakes. They're soil-burrowing, limbless amphibians, and they're completely new to science, a new study suggests.

seahorse on sea pen >>> I really want to see a seahorse in the wild!

Phacelia plant in bloom

This beautiful composite image shows N49, the aftermath of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud. A new long observation from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, shown in blue, reveals evidence for a bullet-shaped object being blown out of a debris field left over from an exploded star.